Jim Lange, who spent 58 years on the editorial page of The Oklahoman died last night. He was 82. He retired last fall. Via the Tulsa World: “Jim Lange was not only one of the greatest political cartoonists Oklahoma ever produced, he was one of the most outstanding cartoonists in the history of American journalism,” […]
I neglected to mention yesterday that Rod Gilchrist has passed away of brain cancer late last month at the age of 58. Rod was the executive director of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. In a San Francisco Chronicle story, Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell said of Rod, “he just treated comic art with such […]
Australian cartoonist Michael Atchison has passed away at age 75 from a cancer he battled since 1994. He spent 40 years with the Advertiser as their cartoonist, he also taught art at Pembroke College. Earlier in his career he sold cartoons to magazines, illustrated books and produced a syndicated comic strip that ran in the […]
Russian editorial cartoonist Boris Yefimov has passed away at the age of 108. He lived to see the fall of the Tsar, the Russian revolution, two world wars, and the cold war. According to the Telegraph’s obituary, he met or knew most of the prominent revolutionaries including Lenin. During the cold war he used to […]
Mike Rhode and E&P are reporting that Crock co-creator and writer Don Wilder has passed away at the age of 74. Don created Crock along with Bill Rechin and Brant Parker in 1975.
Bill Melendez, the only person Charles Schulz authorized to animate his Peanuts comic strip has passed away at the age of 91. His career started in 1938 at Walt Disney Studios but went on to work for Warner Bros and United Productions of America, Playhouse Pictures and John Sutherland Productions where he was a director […]
E&P is reporting that former Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News cartoonist Pat McCarthy died last Tuesday at the age of 76. Pat was the editorial cartoonist as well as graphic artist for the Globe-News and according to Amarill.com he was also did book illustrations and greeting cards.
E&P is reporting that Creig Flessel has passed away at the age of 96. Craig was the assistant on the Dixie Dugan comic and Li’l Abner. He also worked in comic books and advertising.
Long-time AAEC member Jim Knudsen has passed away at the age of 85. Jim was a member for 48 of the association’s 51 years. He did cartoons for the Catholic publication Tidings and the paper that later became the The San Diego Union-Tribune, according to E&P.
Mel Casson, writer and illustrator for the Redeye comic strip passed away last week at the age of 87 of Alzheimer’s disease. For nearly 20 years, Mel illustrated “Redeye,” a parody strip about a 19th century tribe of Native Americans, for King Features Syndicate. When cartoonist Bill Yates, who wrote the “Redeye” scripts, retired in […]
Bil Keane’s wife, Thelma, has passed away at the age of 82. Bil based the Family Circus mom character after his wife. “I give all the credit to my wife Thel who was the inspiration for all the cartoons,” Keane told the Republic. “She was very, very vital to any success that I had. When […]
Will Elder, one of the pioneering MAD Magazine cartoonists has passed away at the age of 86. Tom Richmond, a current MAD magazine cartoonist wrote a personal tribute to Will on his blog. All cartoonists get asked about who their major influences are, and among the usual suspects it sometimes surprises people when I name […]
Ted Key, who created the beloved, bossy maid Hazel in the 1940s, the iconic time-traveling cartoon characters Peabody and Sherman, and the television characters Rocky and Bullwinkle, died Saturday at his home in Tredyffrin Township, Pa., outside Philadelphia. He was 95. “Ted Key’s wonderful cartoons have been adored by millions of readers for decades,” said […]
British Columbia cartoonist Bob Bierman has passed away at the age of 86. Bob was the cartoonist for the Victoria Daily Times from 1962 to 1972. He left the paper after a newspaper strike and began work for the government. He was sued for libel in 1978 by a British Columbia cabinet member for a […]
Wes Alexander, who’s comic strip Stormfield was syndicated through DBR Media, has passed away at the age of 42 of causes yet to be disclosed. According to Journalista!, his feature had reached 450 newspapers. You can read more about Wes over on the Great Lakes NCS chapter site.